I have been thinking today about what I would like to be said of me after I die. Don't worry; I am not planning on dying anytime soon. I have just been thinking about where I would like to be at the end of my life when it is time to pass into the next phase of existence. So I decided to write myself a short eulogy. I hope this doesn't seem morbid. I see it as an expression of the person I hope I can be.
She left many, many friends and loved ones behind. She was always known as someone with a discreet listening ear. She heard the problems and good news of others with empathy and compassion and kept their confidences. She lived by the adage, "Your name is safe in our home," choosing to see and reinforce the positive in others and keep the negative in its proper place. She took the example of the Lord Jesus Christ in sharing love and kindness generously with others. She was very loyal to her friends and family. Her students knew her as someone who cared more about them than about her relationship to them in the social hierarchy.
She was a very intelligent person but never gave the impression of being a know-it-all or feeling superior to others. She spoke only when she knew what she was talking about and listened well to gather the knowledge that others have to share. She was always open and listening to the promptings and ideas that can come from the Holy Ghost. She was wise with her resources and yet also very generous.
Her main motivator was not selfish desires or fear but rather charity, the pure love of Christ. She found true joy in serving others, starting with her family, and extending to her friends and all mankind. She was always known as one who would apply her knowledge and abilities to a righteous purpose. She spent time developing her talents so that they could better be of use to God's children. She always chose to do what was right, even when it seemed to be the unpopular thing to do.
That's what I have come up with so far. In some of these points, I think I do pretty well. In others I think I have something to work on. I suppose that this little eulogy is a quite personal self-revelation; it is a concise statement of some of my life goals. I would love to hear what the life goals of my readers are as well.